Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Spicy Murukku

Recipe No: 62
This is an excellent snack item that can be made and stored for at least a month. It is easy to make and I am sure this will be your kid’s favorite. You can control the spiciness by increasing or decreasing the amount of Chilly Powder.
  • Oil for deep frying
To make the Murukku
  • Rice Flour……………….2 Cups
  • Urad Dal flour…………1 Cup
  • Red Chilly Powder…..2-3 Tablespoon
  • Cumin Seeds…………..1 Teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds…………1 Teaspoon
  • Salt………………….…….1 Teaspoon or as per your taste
  • Water…………………….1 ¼ -1 ½ Cups or enough to make a soft dough
Special equipment needed
  • Idiyappam maker
Method of Preparation
  1.  Combine Rice  flour and Urad Dal flour in a pan on medium heat and fry till it is really hot and toasted. Don't forget to stir it continuously. Let it cool.
  2. Combine the flours with all the other ingredients  to make the Murukku and knead to make soft dough. Start with 1 ¼ cup water and then use as needed.
  3. Fill the Idiyappam maker fitted with the attachment with big holes. Wet your hands slightly to ensure easy handling of the dough.
  4. Press the Idiyappam maker to release the dough into the hot oil with a circular motion to make thick strings and let it cook on one side. Take care not to overcrowd the pan.
  5. When one side is done, turn it over and let the other side also cook. When cooked, the bubbles will reduce considerably. The frying will take only 3-4 minutes together. Don't leave it in the oil for too long as that will make the Murukku hard
  6. Once fried, take it out of the oil and place on a paper napkin to drain the excess oil. Once almost cooled press on the sides to break it into small pieces.
  7. Store it in an airtight container when cooled.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love...


    Indian Khana said...

    Looks yum and delish

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